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November 20, 2016
Annual Holiday Open House at Capitol Reef
“Come join us as we welcome the winter holidays with songs of the season’,” says Shirley Torgerson, Executive Director of the Capitol Reef Natural History Association. This open house celebration will be Friday December 2, 2016 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.   At 2:00 pm children from Wayne County Loa Elementary School will decorate the park holiday tree with hand-made ornaments commemorating the National Park Service Centennial, and sing holiday songs. Live music by Becky Pace and Lynsey Shelar begins at 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. A special discount of 20% off all bookstore merchandise is offered on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3. More information about Capitol Reef National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/care and about Capitol Reef Natural History Association at www.capitolreefnha.org. 

October 14, 2016
2016 Autumn & 2017 Winter Hours of Operations & Events
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center is currently open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm through October 29. Free interpretive programs will include: a geology talk at the visitor center at 10:00 am, Prehistoric Culture talk at the Highway 24 petroglyph panel at 3:00 pm, and occasional campground evening programs at 7:30 pm as staffing allows. Beginning October 30, 2016, visitor center hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily through the winter.

September 17, 2016
Celebrate the Dark Night Sky at Heritage Starfest on September 30 and October 1, 2016
Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering to present the 7th annual Heritage Starfest. The weekend will be full of special events, guest speakers, stargazing, telescope viewing, storytelling and more. The dark skies of Wayne County and Capitol Reef are among the darkest in the nation allowing visitors from around the world to enjoy pristine skies full of stars, constellations, and the Milky Way. This event celebrates dark sky resources and the connection all living things have to the natural rhythms of the night. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions made by the late Linton Rohr.

September 08, 2016
Celebrate Capitol Reef National Park’s Harvest Homecoming
Join in the Celebration of Fruita’s Historic Orchards during Capitol Reef National Park’s premier centennial event, held in the Fruita Historic District of Capitol Reef National Park on Saturday, September 17, 2016!

August 18, 2016
Reward Offered in Vandalism at Petroglyph Panel
Capitol Reef National Park has partnered with the Capitol Reef Natural History Association in offering a reward of $500 for information leading to the conviction of individuals who vandalized the "Highway Petroglyph Site" in Capitol Reef National Park.

August 10, 2016
Do Not Write on the Rocks: It is Illegal
A dramatic rise in the number of graffiti incidents is occurring in areas throughout Capitol Reef National Park. Under the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), these acts of vandalism are illegal and are punishable by up to 2 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

August 08, 2016
Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary at Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park will celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service by giving special programs on Thursday, August 25, 2016. All ranger talks will celebrate this momentous milestone, culminating with an evening program on the History of the National Park Service, given at the Fruita Campground amphitheater at 8:30 pm.

July 20, 2016
Ripple Rock Nature Center: Partners in the Park
Capitol Reef National Park’s Ripple Rock Nature provides local community youth, along with the general public, an exceptional opportunity to experience and learn about the park’s natural and cultural history through daily hands-on programs, Junior Ranger activities, and interactive displays. The nature center helps to educate youth and enhance their understanding of American Indian culture, pioneer history, geology, paleontology, astronomy, wildlife, and much more. The goal of the nature center is not to simply teach park visitors about the many wonders within the park, but to foster curiosity through playful activities. Ripple Rock Nature Center programs and displays target family groups, but there is something fun for everyone to enjoy.

June 02, 2016
Capitol Reef National Park 2016 FRUIT HARVEST
Fruit season is upon us. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and pears are typically available for harvest each summer at Capitol Reef National Park. The prediction for the 2016 fruit season shows that apricots, apples, pears and peaches should be in good supply. “We are looking forward to a fun and safe fruit season,” says Superintendent Leah McGinnis. Up-to-date fruit harvest information and pricing is recorded on the Capitol Reef Fruit Hotline as fruit ripens and specific harvest start dates are determined. To reach the fruit hotline, call (435) 425-3791. Once the park number connects, press one for general information and, at the voice prompt for the orchard hotline, press five. Fruit harvest information is also posted on the park Facebook page and Twitter feed. Information on the Fruita Orchards is available on the parks website at www.nps.gov/care under “plan your visit.” Climbing fruit trees is not permitted in the park. The National Park Service provides special fruit picking ladders. Use care when picking fruit and carefully read and follow posted instructions on fruit picking and ladder use. Commercial picking requires a permit. Capitol Reef National Park uses the receipts from fruit sales to defray the cost of maintaining the orchards. The historic Fruita orchards are among the largest in the National Park System and were established beginning in the 1880s by Mormon pioneer residents of Fruita. The orchards are a main focus of the park’s celebrations during this Centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

May 10, 2016
2016 Summer Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sunday May 15, 2016. Visitors can expect to see more people in the park this Centennial summer, and parking areas may be full during peak hours. Free ranger-guided programs will be offered beginning May 22 including a daily geology talk at 10:00 am and daily archeology programs at 3:00 pm. Nightly evening programs will be offered at the campground amphitheater typically 1 hour after sunset. Other programs include Talks, Walks, star programs and hikes. Ranger program schedules are posted at the visitor center, Gifford house, nature center, and Campground Hosts' sites with start times and locations. The Ripple Rock Nature Center, located .9 mile (1.4 km) south of the visitor center on Scenic Drive, will open for the season May 22 and be open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through Labor Day weekend, with generous staffing support from Utah Valley University interns and Capitol Reef Natural History Association staff. The historic Gifford House, located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the visitor center on Scenic Drive, will also extend hours from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily staring Sunday May 15, 2016.

May 10, 2016
Students, Rangers and Educators Celebrate at the Historic Fruita Schoolhouse
Capitol Reef National Park Rangers, Loa Elementary Fifth Graders, and Wayne School Superintendent Burke Torgerson all have momentous occasions to celebrate! On the morning of Thursday, May 19, 2016, we will join together at the Fruita Historic Schoolhouse to celebrate the graduation of Fifth Grade students from Loa Elementary School, the retirement of Wayne School Superintendent Burke Torgerson, and the Centennial of the National Park Service.

May 01, 2016
Capitol Reef National Park Notice of Fivemile Wash Closure
Due to special resource management concerns, Fivemile Wash is closed to hiking and canyoneering from the head of the wash to two miles downstream in the drainage. This closure will begin May 1, 2016 and remain in effect until August 31, 2016. This closure is in accordance with 36 CFR 1.5 (a)(1). The National Park Service (NPS) works to sustain and recover over a thousand populations of federally listed threatened and endangered (T&E) species. Over half of the 407 NPS units contain one or more endangered or threatened species. Our mission is to reduce the risk of extinction of plants and animals in the parks, and to restore species that have occurred in parks historically but have been lost due to human activities. The NPS seeks to be proactive in determining the status of rare species and cooperating with other agencies to conserve declining species to avoid listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please call the visitor center staff at 435-425-3791 for more information. About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

March 31, 2016
Find Capitol Reef National Park During National Park Week
Celebrate National Park Week with free admission and special programs from April 16-24.Capitol Reef National Park staff will offer programs on park geology, prehistoric cultures, Pioneer history, nature, and astronomy.Schedules will be posted in the visitor center and Fruita Campground.

March 15, 2016
Capitol Reef National Park Celebrates “Harvest Homecoming” on Saturday, September 17, 2016
"Celebrate Harvest Homecoming with us," says Shirley Torgerson, Executive Director of the Capitol Reef Natural History Association. This year's gathering on September 17, 2016, also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and is Capitol Reef National Park's signature centennial event.

March 15, 2016
2016 Easter Egg Hunt
Everyone is invited to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Capitol Reef National Park at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 26. The egg hunt is organized for three groups: children ages 3, 4 and 5 at the Picnic Area;ages 6, 7 and 8 also at the Picnic Area;and ages 9, 10 and 11 at the Ripple Rock Nature Center. Participants are encouraged to arrive early! Special programming at the Ripple Rock Nature Center will be provided for visitors of all ages during Saturday afternoon.

March 03, 2016
2016 Spring Hours of Operation at Capitol Reef National Park
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Tuesday March 22, 2016. The historic Gifford House will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Monday, March 14, 2016.The park itself is open continuously.

December 03, 2015
Capitol Reef National Park receives transportation grant from National Park Foundation
Capitol Reef National Park received a transportation grant from the National Park Foundation. The grant will fund transportation for Salina Elementary 4th graders, teachers, and chaperones to visit the park as part of their social study curriculum.

December 03, 2015
2016 Fee Free Days at Capitol Reef National Park
The National Park Service Centennial year is almost here! To help celebrate, the National Park Service will offer 16 entrance fee free days in 2016 (16 in '16).

November 23, 2015
Annual Holiday Open House at Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef National Park annual holiday open house Dec 4, 2015.

October 09, 2015
Capitol Reef National Park celebrates Earth Science Week
Capitol Reef National Park celebrates Earth Science Week with Snakes Alive!

October 09, 2015
2015 Autumn and 2016 Winter Hours of Operations
Capitol Reef National Park will be open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for the fall and winter.

September 26, 2015
Celebrate the Dark Night Sky at Heritage Starfest
Celebrate the dark night sky at Heritage Starfest on October 9 and 10, 2015

September 22, 2015
Group Campsite Reservation Changes
Beginning with the 2016 camping season, visitors will use www.recreation.gov to make their camping reservations for the group campsite.

September 01, 2015
Every Kid in a Park
Capitol Reef National Park welcomes fourth grade students through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. This new national program encourages families and classes to visit National Parks.

June 29, 2015
Fivemile Wash Closure
Fivemile Wash closed until Aug. 31, 2015

June 11, 2015
Asphalt Project Leads to Temporary Closures
A pavement preservation project will lead to some temporary closures.

June 05, 2015
2015 Fruit Harvest
The 2015 fruit season is upon us

May 15, 2015
Fee Increase 2015
Capitol Reef National Park will increase entrance and camping fees beginning June 1, 2015.

May 15, 2015
Summer Hours 2015
Capitol Reef National Park Summer 2015 Hours

April 26, 2015
Tourism to Capitol Reef National Park Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 776 jobs in local community

April 16, 2015
Capitol Reef National Park Receives International Dark Sky Designation
Capitol Reef National Park receives designation as an "International Dark Sky Park" by the International Dark-Sky Association.

April 01, 2015
Capitol Reef Joins Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 encourages everyone to Find Your Park

March 12, 2015
2015 Spring Hours of Operations
2015 Spring hours for the Capitol Reef Visitor Center

March 10, 2015
Grazing-Trailing EIS Seeks Public Input
The National Park Service seeks public input on the Livestock Grazing and Trailing Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Capitol Reef National Park.

December 18, 2014
Challenge Cost Share Program Award
Capitol Reef National Park selected as Challenge Cost Share program recipient

November 22, 2014
Annual Open House with Nature's Holiday Songs
Annual open house at Capitol Reef National Park with nature's holiday songs

November 20, 2014
Capitol Reef is accepting comments on possible increase in recreation fees
Capitol Reef National Park is accepting comments on possible increase in recreation fees

October 16, 2014
Celebrate Earth Science Week 2014
Capitol Reef National Park is a great place to learn about the Earth!

October 02, 2014
Celebrate Harvest Homecoming on October 4 2014
Celebrate Harvest Homecoming on Saturday, October 4, 2014

September 20, 2014
Fall and Winter Hours of Operation
2014 Fall and 2015 Winter hours of operation

September 05, 2014
Heritage Starfest 2014
Celebrate the dark night sky at Heritage Starfest on September 19 and 20, 2014

August 26, 2014
Capitol Reef Receives 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation
Capitol Reef National Park receives an impact grant from National Park Foundation to learn about bear, mountain lion, and mule deer use of the Historic Fruita area.

August 15, 2014
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at Capitol Reef National Park
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with special events at Capitol Reef National Park

July 25, 2014
Tourism to Capitol Reef National Park creates
Tourism to Capitol Reef National Park creates $45 million in Economic Benefit - Report shows visitor spending supports 555 jobs in local economy

June 25, 2014
2014 Fruit Harvest
2014 Fruit Harvest

May 08, 2014
Arts and the Parks: Light on the Reef
Join the Entrada Institute to see artists paint throughout the park.

May 07, 2014
International Migratory Bird Day 2014
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 01, 2014
2014 Summer Hours of Operation
2014 Summer Hours of Operation

May 01, 2014
Keeping Traditions Alive
Capitol Reef National Park celebrates "Keeping Traditions Alive" on Saturday, May 17, 2014

April 03, 2014
National Park Week 2014
Come Celebrate National Park Week 2014

March 14, 2014
Captiol Reef Natural History Association Receives Numerous Awards
Capitol Reef Natural History Association received numerous awards for a children’s book “Why the Moon Paints her Face Black”

March 10, 2014
Spring Hours of Operation
2014 Spring Hours of Operation

March 10, 2014
Hickman Bridge Trailhead Temporary Closures
Repair work temporarily closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead

November 29, 2013
Hickman Bridge Trail Reopens
Hickman Bridge Trailhead Reopens

November 20, 2013
Winter Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily starting Sunday December 1, 2013. Enjoy the 18-minute park movie “Watermark”, exhibits and bookstore.

August 01, 2013
Southern Paiute children’s book release, signing, and special presentation on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Capitol Reef
Please join Capitol Reef National Park on Saturday, August 10, 2013 for special events to celebrate the release of a new children's book Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black.

July 09, 2013
Fruit season is upon us. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and pears are typically available
Fruit season is upon us. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and pears are typically available for harvest each summer at Capitol Reef National Park.

May 23, 2013
Resurfacing Project on Highway 24
The Utah Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin a project to resurface the roadway on Highway 24 starting Tuesday May 28, 2013 and continue through Thursday May 30, 2013.

May 20, 2013
Leah McGinnis Named New Superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park
Leah McGinnis named new superintendent at Capitol Reef National Park.

May 01, 2013
2013 Summer Hours
2013 Summer Hours

April 01, 2013
Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead
Rockfall Closes Hickman Bridge Trailhead

February 26, 2013
2013 Spring Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Thursday March 14, 2013. Enjoy the exhibits, park movie and the Capitol Reef Natural History Association bookstore.

November 02, 2012
National Park Service Will Waive Entrance Fees
The National Park Service will offer two fee-free weekends this winter to encourage Americans to visit these national treasures. There are 398 national park units located across the country in 49 states, and most Americans live less than a day's drive from a park.

October 15, 2012
Winter Hours 2012-2013
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily starting Sunday November 4, 2012.

October 01, 2012
Celebrate National Earth Science Week
Join Capitol Reef as we motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth for Earth Science Week 2012!

September 25, 2012
2012 Autumn Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center operating hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting Monday October 1, 2012.

August 13, 2012
Hale and Elberta Peach Harvest
Hale and Elberta peaches will be available for harvest at Capitol Reef National Park's historic orchards

July 23, 2012
Summer Apple and Peach Harvest
Summer apple and peach harvests begin July 31st.

July 09, 2012
75th Anniversary Celebration August 2-4, 2012
75th Anniversary Celebration

July 09, 2012
Plum, Pear, and Apple Harvest
Fruit Harvest

June 20, 2012
Apricot Harvest
The apricot harvest is beginning at Capitol Reef National Park’s historic orchards.

April 03, 2012
2012 Summer Hours of Operation
The Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center summer operating hours will be 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Sunday May 6, 2012.

April 03, 2012
Fremont River Waterfall Area in Capitol Reef National Park Closes for the 2012 Summer Season
Following three near-fatal incidents that occurred during the 2011 summer season, the National Park Service is temporarily closing the Fremont River waterfall area to public use during the warm weather months of 2012.

April 03, 2012
Easter Celebration 2012
Join Capitol Reef Natural History Association in celebrating Easter on Saturday April 7, 2012.

March 13, 2012
Spring Hours 2012
Enjoy springtime at Capitol Reef National Park!

October 19, 2011
Winter Hours 2011-2012
Enjoy Capitol Reef in the wonderful winter season.

October 12, 2011
Earth Science Celebration on Saturday October 15, 2011
Celebrate Earth Science Week at Capitol Reef on Saturday October 15, 2011.

August 22, 2011
The Koosharem Band of Paiutes Reconnect Ancestral Ties to Capitol Reef National Park
On August 6th and 7th, in an inaugural weekend field trip, members of the Koosharem Band of Paiutes, headquartered in Richfield, Utah, visited Capitol Reef National Park. For some, it was their first visit to this land for which they have strong ancestral ties.

February 01, 2011
Scenic Drive Repair Project to Begin at Capitol Reef National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 03, 2010
Summer Schedule at Capitol Reef's Visitor Center
Capitol Reef National Park’s Visitor Center commenced summer hours. The Visitor Center will open daily at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

April 12, 2010
National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day
Capitol Reef National Park will join national parks throughout the country in celebrating National Park Week, from April 17 through April 25, 2010.

February 18, 2010
Capitol Reef National Park Accepting Comments on a Proposal to Rehabilitate and Resurface the Scenic Drive
No abstract supplied.

June 04, 2009
Fee Free Weekends
Capitol Reef National Park Will Waive Entrance Fees On Three Summer Weekends

March 27, 2008
Historic Gifford House Celebrates 100 Years
On May 17th, the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, will hold a Centennial Celebration to recognize the significance of early pioneer history to the region.

September 04, 2007
Fall Fruit opens for Harvest
Capitol Reef National Park’s Jackson Orchard is currently open for apple harvest. Apple and pear harvest from the Cook and Holt Orchards, will begin on Wednesday, September 5.

June 27, 2007
Capitol Reef National Park Apricot Crop Ready For Harvest
The annual apricot crop harvest at Capitol Reef National Park’s historic orchards will open on Wednesday, June 27th.

April 17, 2007
National Junior Ranger Day
Capitol Reef National Park will join hundreds of parks throughout the United States in celebrating National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28, 2007.

April 10, 2007
Wayne Middle School students complete service project in Fruita Orchards
Students from Wayne Middle School participated in a four-hour service project clearing the Historic Fruita Orchards of pruning debris last week.

April 05, 2007
Teachers Archeology Workshop
Intrigue of the Past, a workshop to assist in teaching archeology and conservation, will be held at Capitol Reef National Park on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2007.

November 14, 2006
Winter Hours
Fall has arrived at Capitol Reef National Park bringing cooler temperatures, fall colors, and shorter hours at the Visitor Center.

September 25, 2006
2006 Fall Visitor Center Hours
Fall has arrived at Capitol Reef National Park bringing cooler temperatures, fall colors, and shorter hours at the Visitor Center.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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